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Inspired by another thread what, in your opinion, are the best remakes. Criteria should probably be doing something very different (but good) with a song and/or taking a song to much greater heights.


"Up On A Roof", James Taylor - I'm not much of a JT fan but this is one of my favorite songs and it blows the original away.

"Roll Over Beethoven", ELO - The prior versions were good but ELO took it to the stars.

"When A Man Loves A Woman", Burton Cummings - Sounds a bit similar to the original but he did it so much better.

"Fortunate Son", Bob Seger - (I'll catch flack for this), I loved the original but I think Seger took it up a couple notches.

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This could be an endless list, but in particular order:

1. I've always loved Eric's version of "Baby I Need Your Lovin'"

2. E,W&F version of "Got to Get You Into My Life"

3. Stevie's "We Can Work It Out"

4. Grand Funk's "Locomotion"

5. Hall & Oates' version of "Starting All Over Again"

6. JT's "Handy Man", and "Up On the Roof"

7. Linda R's "When Will I Be Loved" and "It's So Easy"

...and many more that I'll post later.


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This is going to be a great thread.

Like Marvin, I agree that Ronstadt was over the moon during the mid-70s when she was working with Peter Asher and Andrew Gold. All that stuff was great. I'd add "That'll Be the Day" and especially "You're No Good."

James Taylor: Handyman

Cheap Trick: California Man

Ramones: California Sun

Joe Cocker: The Letter -- just a mind-blowing, big rock band sound

Joan Jett: Crimson and Clover

Chinese Rocks: Heartbreakers

Wondermints: Knowing Me Knowing You

I'd also say that a couple of Lou Reed songs from "Transformer" have gotten great covers:

U2: Satellite of love

Kirsty MacColl and Evan Dando: Perfect Day

Tracey Ullman did a great cover of Kirsty's "They Don't Know"

I'd also say ANY covers of Chuck Berry's of "Round & Round" or "sweet Little Sixteen" are great by definition!

The Wondermints, who are Brian Wilson's back-up band these days, put out a great disc of 1960s pop covers called "The Wonderful World of the Wondermints" -- lots of great covers this crowd would appreciate.

Ditto Bowie's PinUps.

Keep 'em coming!

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...and a bunch more:

Dion & the Belmonts – No One Knows

Rickie Lee Jones – Under the Boardwalk

Cat Stevens – Another Saturday Night

Carpenters – Superstar & Please Mr Postman

Bruce Springsteen – Trapped

The Tourists – I Only Want to Be With You

The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man

UB40 - Red, Red, Wine

the Mavericks - Here Comes My Baby

the Rubinoos - I Think We’re Alone Now

Joe Cocker - The Letter

Nilsson - Without You –

Simon, Garfunkel & Taylor – Wonderful World

Elvis Presley – the Promised Land

John Lennon – Stand By Me

Doobie Brothers – Little Darlin (I Need You)

Elton John – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Ringo – You’re 16

Venice – Landslide

Manhattan Transfer – Gloria; Dream Lover; Let’s Hang On

Rod Stewart – the First Cut is the Deepest; Pretty Flamingo

Dorothy Moore – Misty Blue

Eddie Money – You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me

Linda Ronstadt – I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine

J Geils Band – I Do

Juice Newton - Angel of the Morning

Phil Collins – Groovy Kind of Love

Dave Edmunds – From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)

Timothy B Schmit – So Much In Love

Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat

James Taylor – Everybody Wants to Cha Cha Cha; She Thinks I Still Care

Tony Bennett – The Way You Look Tonight

Sting – Second Son


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OK, here's a few I came up with...

Don't Be Cruel (Elvis) - Cheap Trick

Pinball Wizard (Who)- Elton John

The Great Pretender (Platters)- Freddie Mercury

Just Like a Woman (Dylan)- Rod Stewart

I Can't Get Next to you (Temptations)- Al Green

Brown Eyed Girl - (Van)Jimmy Buffett

Under the Boardwalk (Drifters)- John Mellencamp

If I were a Carpenter - (Tim Hardin)Robert Plant

Come Go with Me (Del Vikings)- Beach Boys

Get it on (Bang a Gong) (T Rex)- Power Station

Baby don't go (Sonny & Cher)- Sheryl Crow with Dwight Yoakum

How Sweet it is (Marvin Gaye)- James Taylor

War (Edwin Starr)- Bruce Springsteen

Blue Bayou (Orbison)- Linda Ronstadt

You Better Run (Rascals)- Pat Benatar

Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry) - Elvis


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Actually, as with alot of the Beach Boys hits, it can be found on several CD's

It was originally on thier "M.I.U. Album" from '78

They rerecorded it again in '81 and had a hit with that version.

That version can be found on:

1.Ten Years of Harmony (1981)

2.The Sounds of Summer -The Very Best of... (2003)

3.Greatest Hits, Vol 3-Best of The Brother Years (2000)

4.Made in USA (1986)

as well as the "Good Vibrations" Box Set

all of these are readily available on Amazon, most are fairly cheap, except the Ten Years of Harmony disc as it's out of print. Whew!


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A few that hit my brain:

Mustang Sally - The Commitments

Both Sides Now - Paul Young/Clannad

Traces - Classics V

Big Yellow Taxi - Counting Crowes/V. Carlton

Walk Away Renee - Eric Schmo

Caroline No - Same Schmo

Baby I Love Your Way - Big Mountain (raggae)

Drift Away - Uncle Kracker

She's Leaving Home - Bee Gees

Gimme Some Lovin - Blues Brothers

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I love two songs by Jake Holmes, whom no one here ever seems to have heard of, "So Close," and "Second Avenue." I adore both of them and wish someone would do them.

I'm so glad to see that Marvin mentioned "Pretty Flamingo" by Rod Stewart. I always adored that song too. Also, I love Eric's "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" as well. I always loved "Come Together" by The Youngbloods and "We've Got To Get It On Again" by The Addrisi Brothers (Don and Dick, who were great songwriters).

smile --Darlene

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